Character Design Contest ♯147- Do A Thing

Ok guys, for this weeks challenge all I want you guys to do is create the best image you can. Sounds simple enough right? Well, there’s a twist. Well, two actually. Firstly, within the image you create you must use at least 2 items from backgrounds- shapes (not including any of the gradient shapes) and at least 3 insignia’s that are not used for masking purposes. These must be used in a fashion that makes it obvious that they are included, but must not be the main focus of the image. Make of that what you will.

Oh, and the second twist. One entry only if you please. It’s basically a free-for-all challenge so there needs to be some sort of limitation.

As per usual the contest will close at midnight Saturday (blog time). Please read the contest rules before entering, have fun and good luck.

Rules for posts, contests, and challenges that I am hosting: Original characters only, no copyrighted characters, no characters based on copyrighted characters, no characters based on RPG’s or other games. The characters must be your own design and not based on any character that might be copyrighted in any way. I have the right to delete any post that I believe crosses this line without warnings. Only post characters that you have either created for this contest specifically or you know for certain have never been entered to a contest before. If you aren’t certain, don’t enter it, because I’m not going to go back through all of the contests and check.

If you don’t know how to enter, there’s a handy little diagram below the jump.

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Anime Talk: Terminology

In this addition of Anime Talk I want to go over some terms used in regard to Anime/Manga and its community that you may or may not be familiar with. In the future my reviews may be incorporating some of these terms and I wanted a point of reference for you all to be able to look at in you don’t know the term already.

So Lets beg!

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Character Design Contest ♯146 (Transformations) Winner

As I’m not doing the polls anymore, we might as well get on with the business of announcing the winner of this weeks Character Design Challenge. Now, if we’re being honest here, the winner of the challenge should be MadJack for his animated transformation, but unfortunately, as he’d already guessed, it wasn’t technically admissible, due to not every aspect of the creation being possible to do within heromachine. So therefore I’m giving the win to the person who came closest to replicating it in a single frame. And that person in Demigod for their picture Turning To Stone. Congrats Demigod and well done to everyone who entered, even those who weren’t technically allowed to be entered.

Character Design Contest ♯145 (Witches)… And The Future Of The CDCs


This usually would be the post announcing and congratulating the person who came out on top of this weeks poll, therefore winning CDC145. However, I unfortunately cannot do that this week as I have reason to believe that the person who has finished in first place has not done so fairly. Up until Friday, there were two people trading positions for first place, hovering around the early 30’s mark with the other two competitors around 15 votes or more behind. However, on Friday the person in third place jumped into first gaining something around 20 votes in a few hours, whilst everyone else gained a vote or 2. By last night, this lead had stretched to 10 votes higher than the previous leader, meaning this person had gained over 35 votes in two days, compared to everyone else’s 5 or 6. I’m sorry but that wreaks of bull. And it’s not the first time that this sort of thing has happened around this person either. Some highly respected members of the community have come to me with concerns over polls that this person has taken part in before and even when this person doesn’t win there’s always some sort of stupid stuff going down with the voting that defies all belief. It’s been 5 polls now and it’s got to the point now where I’m not dealing with it anymore. I’m now no longer doing polls to decide who wins the character design contests, I’ll decide myself. We’ve tried democracy, people took advantage of it, so now we’re going back to a dictatorship. And with that I’m going to give this win to the person who came in second, as our first place has been disqualified. So well done to CantDraw in that regard, as he did end up finishing in what now becomes the winning position.

Anyway, on to my second point. The CDCs in general seem to be losing interest and lets be honest, it’s much more fun when you have lots of people entering with high quality pictures than having one or two good pictures and three alright ones. You go back to last year, we had more amazing pictures than could fit on the poll most weeks, but for the last 4-5 weeks I’ve been struggling to actually find the four minimum for a poll. Suppose that’s one advantage of ditching the polls now. But anyway, I honestly don’t know what to do. We’ve already lost the Caption Contest due to lack of participation and if things don’t pick up the Character Design Contests will be going that way too, which is a shame because it is the longest running blog post we have. I will try to keep it going until the end of this year, but after that I’m going to lay it to rest unless things pick up. I’ve tried asking for suggestions to keep the ideas fresh but it just isn’t seeming to work, so instead I’m just going to leave the ball in your court now guys. You want me to keep this thing going, help out. Do your part. I know there is such a thing as real-life and it gets in the way an awful lot (I would know that, I take massive amounts of time between doing pictures because stuff just gets in the way, plus being lazy but that’s by the by), but still these contests last a week and I don’t have a rule against entering stuff that you made before the contest, just a rule against entering stuff you’ve already entered into a contest, so it’s not like you have to make stuff specifically for the contest. I’ll make the contests a broad as I can from now until the end of the year if it helps, but really that’s as much as I can do to get you guys participating, it’s something you have to do yourselves.

Anyway, I think I’ve said everything that was on my mind. No, I am not going to say who it was who was cheating in the poll and, sorry Cliff, for that reason I’m not putting the standings in the comments for you this week.

And with that

JR out.

Anime Talk: Invitation

Let me start off that I plan on writing a couple anime talks over the next couple weeks, as I have been on a bit of an anime binge of late, that being said I would like to invite you the anime fans of our community to write for heromachine also. If there is any anime topic that I have not covered that you wish to talk about please send me email at We can discuss what you want to talk about and if I find it reasonable you can either write up an article about the topic which I will then post for you, or If you don’t feel like writing it I myself may ( or may not ) take a crack at the topic.


I ask this of you all in hopes of providing more content for the HeroMachine community at large. I would like to write more articles but can not always think of something to write about, and even when I ask for suggestion I do not always feel qualified to write about the things being suggested to me, so that is why I thought of asking for some guess writers from the community. SO anyone that feels like stepping up please feel free to contact me.

JReviews: Doctor Who Series 9 Episode 8- The Zygon Inversion

So…last week we had a stunner to kick of this two parter. But does the conclusion live up to the opener?

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Hall Of Fame: Malai

Malai by Candruth



Character Of The Week: Candruth- Malai

Welp. Do I even need to explain this? It’s Candruth, what do you want me to say? It’s all about the shading. Because no-one shades like Candruth, no-one.

Gallery- Candruth’s Characters :)

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OCD (Open Critique Day) #34

Ok, wow. Sorry for the long absence, everyone! I’m still a little worse for wear, but I think I feel good enough to run this again.

And apparently, when your air conditioner breaks in the middle of autumn in Texas, it gets really hot.

How this goes:  You post a work of yours, finished or WIP, and then others give you critiques on your work. I do not mind if you post non-HM pictures or piece of writing. Just make sure that you only post pictures that are your own design and not any that are copyrighted or based off of copyrighted characters. 

Also, if you post a work, it is highly recommended that you also give someone else a critique.

Even this is called Open Critique Day, I allow (even welcome!) for you guys to post and discuss on this for the weekend until 11:59 pm Sunday.

CYOA Wednesday: Channel U – Part 2

Channel U

Well Folks It is time again for our Chose Your Own Adventure Wednesday ( if a bit late ). To Recap so far the main protagonist of our story was sitting in front of an experiment Television created by his fathers company when he discovered a special channel on the set that caused him to be sucked into the land of tv by a doppelganger of himself, Our protagonist’s twin told us that we had to pick a genre of tv show to participate in and if we solved or defeated the situation present there in we he would be set free. That was where we came in! I asked you to vote on which genre we would follow and you all choose Sci-fi so lets kick this off again.


The story continues after the Jump.

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